Finding America Live across the U.S.A.

An invitation to Finding America Live. The text, over a colorful antique globe, reads, "Finding America Live: a series of cross-country adventures beginning June 15th. Bike rides, drive-in movies, stories under the stars. RSVP or follow our trail at #FindingAmerica," with the AIR, Localore, Finding America and CPB, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, NEA and Wynncote Foundation logos below.Localore: Finding America is a public media production that includes a collaborative, real-time documentary, stories for broadcast, social and digital platforms, and community action and events in 15 places across the United States.

We will add events and details throughout the summer of 2016. Thanks for joining the fun. (And contribute your own videos, images and stories about America using the #FindingAmerica hashtag.)


Frontier of Change Art and Audio scavenger hunt, Anchorage, Alaska

June 3; 6-9 p.m.

Anchorage Museum

Join KNBA’s Frontier of Change project for a special art and audio scavenger hunt in downtown Anchorage, presented in partnership with the Anchorage Museum. Come to the museum at 6 p.m. to start the hunt! Use your phone to hear stories and clues that will lead you to different locations throughout the city and collect limited-edition art from local artists along the way.


The Precious Lives logo of a father helping a little girl put on her shoes while a little boy plays next to them.Precious Lives: Before the Gunshots Performance, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

June 15; doors open at 5 p.m., show 6 p.m.

Pabst Theater

Precious Lives radio goes live. This original experience features live performances by the kids and families you hear each week on the Precious Lives radio series. Witness their stories mixed live with music by Kiran Vee and video that adds new dimension to the radio series. Host Eric Von will be your guide through an evening that is not just about the reality of gun violence, but also a celebration of how our community rises against it.


A promotional poster for Stories under the Stars, with a forest and full moon in the background, with a sign for the Black River Drive-In theater in the foregroundFort Drum at the Drive-In Theater, Watertown, New York    

June 16; 7-11 p.m.

Black River Drive-In Theater

Enjoy a rare brush with the untold stories of the north country’s military. When the summer light stays late and the warm air feels perfect, we’re bringing you an event like you’ve never seen! Pack everyone into your car and pull up for a wonderful night of stories. For the first time, North Country Public Radio is hosting a storytelling event on the big screen. Our special project, Homefront: Fort Drum, captures stories about your military community near Fort Drum. You’ll have a chance to see it play at the gorgeous Black River Drive-In. We’re excited to have you there!

7 p.m.: Music, food and activities

9 p.m.: Homefront: Fort Drum screening

10 p.m.: Independent film screening


A poster for the Dímelo Story Slam, with an old-fashioned, square radio microphone above the outline of a city with a radio tower towering over it.Dímelo StorySlam, Tucson, Arizona

June 16; 7 p.m.

Saint Charles Tavern  

Bring us a story of a moment when you found your place. When you knew the secret handshake, wore the perfect glitter crop top to the first day of school, joked with all the bartenders at your local spot.

Or tell us too about NOT quite fitting in, about your putting-peas-in-guacamole moment, doing the Goonies “truffle shuffle,” driving a Chevy into a parking lot of Fords! Have you ever changed your identity, your hairstyle, your accent, your movie taste — to belong?


A streetscape drawn in black and white, with Storytelling Party in bold letters over it.Every ZIP Philadelphia & the Village Storytelling Block Party, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June 18; 3-6 p.m.

Village of the Arts and Humanities

Join Every ZIP Philadelphia and the Village for a Storytelling Block Party! The whole city is invited to North Philadelphia and the historic Ile Ife art park at The Village of Arts and Humanities to share stories, meals and summer joy. Top storytellers across Philly and neighbors of the Village will perform stories on the theme “A Story for my Younger Self.” Hosted by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher.

From 3-6pm there will be music, food, arts activities, a recording booth for your story, a photo booth to capture your summer look, and local art. At 4 p.m. we will kick off storytelling performances. Storytellers include Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis and Vashti DuBois.


A young, black woman with long hair sings with a choir at a church in in Kansas City, in front of a background of raised hands.Beyond Belief Viewing Party; Kansas City, Missouri

June 21; 6-9 p.m.

KCPT Community Room  

Beyond Belief, an initiative of KCPT, aims to understand how religion is central to life in Kansas City. It focuses on stories of faith in action—looking at places where people of faith are tackling the hard issues — race, immigration, justice — that beg for solutions. It also ushers the “nones,” who don’t practice an organized religion, into the dialogue. In the film “Beyond Belief: Three Stories of Faith in Action,” two local high schools journey south to learn about Civil Rights and each other; a Methodist church welcomes a growing group of African refugees; a small Presbyterian congregation honors its community with bilingual worship.

6 p.m.: Refreshments & live musical performance from members of the Kuomba Pamoja Choir

6:30 p.m.: Documentary screening

7 p.m.: Q&A with filmmaker Steve Mencher


A photograph of the wooden sign for Creek National Council Oak Park in front of a large tree as the sun sets.From Creek Town to Tulsa Town Bike Ride, Tulsa, Oklahoma

June 25; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tour kicks off at the Tulsa Hub Warehouse Space

The tour will feature audio components available on iTunes, so you’ll need a smart phone and headphones for at least part of the tour. You’ll also need a bicycle! If you don’t have one, not to worry. Our friends at the Tulsa Hub will be providing one for a small donation (no one will be turned away). The tour will start at their warehouse location at 10 a.m. and will last two and half hours at the most. We’ll be providing water, snacks and bike escorts along the way to keep everyone safe and hydrated. The tour will feature Creek sites that are well known and some that are not so well known.


An illustrated image of a bus with musical notes over a sunburst background, with the words "Party on Wheels! Unmute the Commute!" in bold letters.What’s the Flux Listening Party on Wheels, Bellevue, Washington

June 28

Crossroads Farmers’ Market in Bellevue, Washington

The “Listening Party on Wheels” will be a celebration of public transit – for those who use it regularly and for those who work to make it possible. Come aboard a King County Metro bus, which will be parked at the Crossroads Farmers Market. The event will feature performances by the Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project, a remote broadcast from KBCS, listening and recording stations, and prize giveaways.


• Also in June, Knoxville residents can visit TruckBeat story booth at the East Knoxville health fair on June 18 and at the Kuumba Festival of African American Appalachian Arts on June 24.



AnacostiaI am Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

July 2, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

Anacostia Arts Center

“I Am Anacostia” is a theatrical piece that celebrates our stories east of the river. The production is to honor those who participated in the Anacostia Unmapped interview series. We will explore our collective story through improvisational playback theatre.


A line stretches down the block from the Hippodrome Theater, an art-deco building with tall windows and glass doors in Richmond, Virginia.Secretly Y’all, Unmonumental and Untold RVA Present: Secret Stories of Self-Determined Change, Richmond, Virginia

July 9, 6:30-11:30 p.m.

The Hippodrome Theater

An evening of live storytelling and celebration at one of Richmond’s most storied venues. Musical guests: Future Prospect with DJ Count Dakkula and DJ Carlito. Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres + champagne toast + admission to the afterparty.
Proceeds to support Groundwork RVA and the Maintenance of the African Ancestral Burial Ground


Charm City Live, Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday, July 14, 6-9pm 

The Frederick Douglas Isaac Myers Maritime Museum

Join us for a public media convening to examine what it takes to create a vibrant business in an economically challenging environment. Panelists include Dr. Joanne Martin, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum; Anthony Williams, owner of Shake-n-Bake Family Fun Center; Jake Oliver, Chairman of Afro American newspaper; and developer Tony Hawkins.


Storymakers Listening Hour, Durham, North Carolina

Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m.

Motorco Music Hall


“Roane is Better Together”: A TruckBeat storytelling night, Harriman, Tennessee

Thursday, July 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Princess Theater

A story-sharing and community awareness event co-sponsored by District Attorney General Russell Johnson, Public Defender Kim Nelson, Roane County Health Council and TruckBeat 91.9 FM WUOT. Music, a photo-booth, and story-gathering at the TruckBeat truck.



An African-American woman stands in front of a brick wall with a mural of houses painted on it, facing a microphone, at a storytelling eventUnprisoned BYO Live: “When the Young Feel Old,” New Orleans, Louisiana

July 7, time and location to be announced


UnMonumental at the Regal, Richmond, Virginia

July 9, time and location to be announced



Every ZIP Live, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aug. 4